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Volunteers Addressing the Challenges of Globalization in Rural and Urban Development, (ICYE), 2012

The 27th issue of the ICYE Federation's Newsletter is a special issue on volunteering:

"Volunteers Addressing the Challenges of Globalization in Rural and Urban Development" (February 2012)

Caritas Festival of Solidarity Engagement (Festival de l'Engagement Solidaire)

Caritas Festival of Solidarity Engagement

The Caritas 'Festival de l'Engagement Solidaire' will took Caritas_Festivalplace between 2-5 December 2011 across Europe and in the European Parliament and Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Thousands of participants from around 30 countries were expected for this event including volunteers and people experiencing poverty and/or exclusion. The Festival involved all institutional levels (local, regional, national and European) and put social volunteering and all types of solidarity engagement which fight exclusion and poverty in the spotlight. Read the flyer.

Volunteering: a tool for inclusion? Magazine of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), 2011

Volunteering: a tool for inclusion? Magazine of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN). Special issue on the 2011 European Year of Volunteering, March 2011. NO. 134 | 2011/I

Contents:

* 2011 European Year on Volunteering – A space for anti-poverty organizations to engage

* Volunteering and the Fight against Poverty and Social Exclusion – towards an EAPN Position

* Portugal: Being a volunteer versus promoting volunteering

* The UK Government: Big Society and Volunteering

* Volunteering in Bulgaria – the Need for a Modern Vision

* Poland, willing to move on towards a strategic approach on volunteering

* The recognition of volunteering time as in-kind contribution in Structural Funds

* The 100 million Europeans volunteering deserve recognition

* Eurodiaconia: the multifaceted value of volunteering

CEV and UNV jointly organized the Brussels launch of the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report

CEV and UNV jointly organized the Brussels launch of the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report

The European Volunteer Centre (CEV) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme hosted a special Brussels launch reception on International Volunteer Day, 5th December 2011 to celebrate the International Volunteer Day and the international launch of the UNV State of the World's Volunteerism Report. The event aimed to raise awareness about the research conducted at world level for over a year and a half. In addition, it offered the occasion to make an overview of the achievements of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to reflect on the best way to move forth and continue the momentum raised by the Year.

EUCIS-LLL key messages on the European Year 2011 on Volunteering

EUCIS-LLL key messages on the European Year 2011 on Volunteering

The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) brings together 25 European networks working in education and training. Together, they cover all sectors of education and training including networks for secondary and higher education, vocational education and training, adult education and popular education. Together they represent millions of students, school heads, parents, human resources professionals, teachers and trainers, reaching out to hundreds of millions learners all over Europe and beyond.

Volunteering plays an indispensable and capital role in lifelong learning. EUCIS-LLL key messages on the European Year 2011 are the result of the discussions that took place during the EUCIS-LLL annual conference on "The role, place and value given to volunteering in education and training" (9 May 2011, Krakow) and EUCIS-LLL working group on the social dimension of education and training.

Volontaire un jour, bénévole toujours!

Volontaire un jour, bénévole toujours!

An effective volunteer story was published in Vivre à Genève, publication of the city of Geneva.

Laurent Menoud is running the Resto'Scout where hot meals are served to people in need. The Resto'Scout serves about 150 people per Sunday with a budget of 200 CHF. Laurent mobilizes every weekend a team of volunteers to collect the goods, prepare and serve the meals.

Laurent joined the Scouts at very early age and spent time in various troops in Geneva. Several years ago, he discovered, by accident, the Resto'Scout and is now managing it as a volunteer, being present Sunday after Sunday. The Resto'Scouts has to be closed three or four times a year when tensions are raising during the service or when there is not enough volunteers for the service. But in the meantime, while Laurent is getting more money, he is preparing bigger and better meals and even more people are coming.

To learn more about the Resto'Scout, please visit www.restoscout.ch

You can download the full article about Laurent here http://www.ville-geneve.ch/fileadmin/public/publications/vivre-geneve/vivre-geneve-magazine-40.pdf

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Call for innovators - Social Innovation Competition: Naples 2.0

The International Social Innovation Competition for Naples is open.

 

Working in partnership with local organisations and Unicredit Foundation we have identified 6 challenges in Naples such a villa confiscated to Camorra - the criminal group - to be turned into a profitable business for the community, and called social innovators to submit their solutions.

All innovators are eligible including public and private, profit and not for profit institutions, organisations and enterprises from across the world. This is an opportunity for everybody if interested in taking a challenge for the good of society testing his/her skills and creativity on a difficult ground as Naples.

An international jury will evaluate the applications and proclaim 6 winners at the international conference taking place in Naples on 21 - 23 September.

The winners will receive 10'000 € each one to transform the idea into a project working in partnership with local partners. The organisers will fundraise for the entire budget to implement every project they deem effective and sustainable.

To apply please here

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Hurry up! there are 6 days left to join Discover e-volunteering' Competition!

Are you running a project in which people are helping others via the Internet? The 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition is just for you! Hurry up – there are 6 days left to join the Competition, win prizes and show Europeans how much good they can do in the Web!

 

E-volunteering is volunteering conducted via the Internet. Free Web counseling, forming assistance and self-help groups, promoting partnership, searching for information, or on-line language courses are among many examples of e-volunteering. Through this Competition we hope to show their diversity and to encourage all Europeans to undertake social activity in the Internet!

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31, 2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw

Attractive financial awards for the Competition winners are funded by the Polish Fundacja Orange (1st prize) , Fondation Orange from France (2nd Prize) and Intel Technology Poland Ltd (3rd prize). The total sum of prizes in the Competition is 6 000 euro.

'Discover e-volunteering' is the only competition, both in Poland and in Europe, which aims at honouring and promoting the most interesting projects concerning the co-operation of non-governmental organizations with the e-voluntaries seeking to help others via the Internet.
It has been also chosen by the European Commission as one of the flagship projects of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

Patrycja Rokicka

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Marzena Kacprowicz

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values ​​and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

Join 'Discover e-volunteering' Competition today!

Does your organization co-operate with volunteers seeking to help others via the Internet? Don't wait till the summertime and join 'Discover E-volunteering' Competition now! Attractive prizes are awaiting for the authors of the best e-volunteering projects.

All organisations from the European Union cooperating with volunteers through the Internet may take part in the Competition. The application form is available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/ . The deadline for submitting the applications is July 31, 2011.

 

The Competition will consist of the following stages:

  • May, 25 – July, 31,  2011 - Call for appliactions
  • August, 22 – September, 5, 2011 – The Competition Selection Committee selects 9-12 best projects.
  • September, 12 – October, 12, 2011 – On-line voting.
  • November 2011 – Final Gala in Warsaw.

Detailed information on the Competition, the Regulations, and promotional materials are available on the website: http://www.e-volunteering.eu/competition/

For more information please contact:

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The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' is organized by the Good Network Foundation and Fundacja Orange, in cooperation with Competition Partners. The European edition of 'Discover e-volunteering' competition is pursued under the project 'Values and activities of volunteering and e-volunteering' co-financed by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for any content generated by the project.

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: How to express EU citizen's solidarity through volunteering: First reflections on a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps (EC), 2010

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL. How to express EU citizen's solidarity through volunteering: First reflections on a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps, Strasbourg, 23.11.2010, COM(2010) 683 final
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